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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers have nearly finished their corn harvest despite cold temperatures and snow over the past week. In its final crops and weather report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday said the corn harvest advanced 4 percentage points to 98 percent complete as of Sunday. That's 6 points ahead of the five-year average of 92 percent for this late in the season.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota stadium developers are providing a fuller accounting of their upcoming steel purchase after word of foreign imports caused concern on the state's Iron Range. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Monday that only a fifth of the 18,000 tons of steel needed to build the stadium will come from Europe.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A judge has declined to dismiss a first-degree murder indictment against a Minnesota man accused of shooting two teens breaking into his house. Byron David Smith, 64, is accused in the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and her cousin Nick Brady, 16. A criminal complaint said Smith shot the teenagers several times as they walked down his basement stairs last Thanksgiving. Smith's attorneys had argued that prosecutors made mistakes in presenting their case to the grand jury.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Indictments against five people accused of poaching walleye and other fish from two northern Minnesota reservations and selling them on the black market were dismissed Monday by a federal judge who said an 1837 treaty with the Chippewa Indians protects their rights to fish on tribal lands. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim wrote that Congress hasn't abolished fishing rights outlined in the treaty, which guarantees hunting and fishing privileges to tribal members on reservations.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a lone gunman opened fire on a Minneapolis restaurant, killing one person and injuring three others. Officers were called to the La Que Buena restaurant about 1:30 a.m. Monday and found three victims. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Minnesota man who doesn't have a pilot's license but apparently taught himself to fly pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a single-engine plane that he allegedly took on joyrides over the summer and fall. Geoffrey Biteman pleaded guilty Monday in Roseau County District Court to a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of an aircraft.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — This week you can wish happy Thanksgiving and happy birthday to Happy Thanksgiving. If that sentence didn't make much sense, it's probably because you don't know Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds, a family physician from Minneapolis, who was born 43 years ago in late November. "I was the child of hippies," Reynolds said. And not just the occasional bell-bottom, bead-wearing hippies, according to Reynolds.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota student says a man who sexually assaulted her claimed to be a police officer. Authorities say the woman was walking near campus about 2 a.m. Sunday when a man in a black SUV slowed down to talk to her.
AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — The northern Minnesota town of Aitkin celebrates the frigid weather with its annual fish house parade this week. The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 22nd annual "World Famous Fish House Parade," starting at 1 p.m.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Ramsey County are seeking a 30-year prison term for the man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River. Sentencing guidelines call for a maximum 15 years in prison. Jeffery Trevino is scheduled to be in court Monday afternoon for sentencing. The St.